25 Reasons Why Recruitment is the Best Job You’ll Ever Have
Here at RULE, we don’t mince our words. We do our best to be as open and honest about what the recruitment industry is actually like. It’s tough, painful and depressing at times. But it’s not all bad. Here are 25 reasons why recruitment is the best job you’ll ever have. Let’s crack on!
Before we start…
We’re going to say this now. There are lots of articles out there that talk about how recruitment is a rewarding job because you “change people’s lives”. They’re right, it is rewarding but that isn’t a result of “helping others”.
If you have a craving to selflessly better the lives of other people, recruitment isn’t for you. Recruitment is a highly competitive field of sales. This isn’t an industry built on a charitable ideology – this is a high-paced role where sentimentality can leave you at a disadvantage. Sometimes, the candidate who needs the job isn’t the candidate who gets it.
25. You Can Work Abroad
Forget travelling Thailand, staying in hostels and working in filthy bars part-time. If you want to work abroad, do it properly. Once you’re experienced in recruitment, countless doors open to recruit abroad. From USA to Hong Kong, Australia to South Africa – build a career in another country while making some serious money along the way.
24. You Don’t Have to Kiss Anyone’s Arse
If you want to climb the corporate ladder without kissing any arses along the way, recruitment is the job for you. If your manager’s jokes are terrible, you don’t need to pretend to laugh at them. You don’t have to put on any false pretences here.
23. You’re Looked After
The longer you work in recruitment, the more invaluable you’ll become to the team. Recruitment agencies will do whatever they can to look after their brightest and best. Very few companies will bend the rules quite as much as recruitment agencies when it comes to helping you out. We’ve even seen agencies help recruiters buy houses before.
22. It’s a Springboard
Once you’ve earned your stripes in recruitment, you’ve proven a lot about your personal character and sales abilities. The experience you’ve gained can be a springboard to the next step in your career. You can take innumerable directions from here – from management to recruitment software development, B2B sales to industry publications. This is a job that sets you up for life.
21. You Don’t Need Masses of Qualifications to Get Here
Recruitment is a job open to everyone. You don’t need a degree if you’ve got the right experience. Most agencies look to your personal attributes and skills before your qualifications. If you want a job in recruitment enough, you can achieve it. All you need to do is prove to us why we should give you a chance.
20. Your Network Will Blow Up
Your network of contacts is going to grow exponentially when you get a job in recruitment. Be sociable and open about this. The more people you know, the more chances you have of leveraging this for future opportunities.
19. You Get Paid to Hire Friends
Most agencies have referral schemes. If you’ve got a friend who’s interested in recruitment and you secure them a job – you’ll be paid for it! Who doesn’t want an extra £300 in their bank to go to work with their mates?
18. It Builds Confidence
You need to be confident as a recruiter. If you weren’t self-assured before coming into the role, you will be by the time you’ve established yourself. This type of confidence will echo throughout all areas of your life – ultimately, making you a better person.
17. It’s a Sport
There’s a reason why agencies look for consultants who have played sports to a high level. Recruitment is a sport. It’s a competition with one clear winner. See your job like this and you’ll enter the office every morning with a smile on your face.
16. The Exhilaration of the Close
Closing a candidate is hugely exhilarating. When weeks of hard work have come down to this one call, the pressure is on. You know what you have to do, can you hold your nerve?
15. The Feeling of Pride
Closing a candidate and securing a deal is a huge moment. You’ve won the race. It’s all down to you. That feeling of pride is addictive – once you’ve felt it once, there’s no going back.
14. You’ll be Remembered
If you get this right, both candidates and clients will be grateful. Your efforts will be remembered. If you’ve done well, you’ll see repeat business. Trust is hard to earn but you will earn it.
13. A Job with Variety
Every day in recruitment is different to the last. From the people you call, to the tasks you’re working on – there’s so much variety in the job. Recruiters who go stale tend to be those who repeat the same processes time and time again. Switch things up and work with versatility.
12. Everyday Competition
It’s a part of the job which keeps things exciting. In recruitment, you’re always competing against the people around you – and other agencies! The best consultants are on the top of their game all the time. It certainly keeps us on our toes.
11. No Time to be Bored
When it said ‘fast-paced’ on the job ad, they weren’t kidding. This is about as fast-paced as it gets. At least there’s no time for you to be bored. There’s always something to be done in recruitment. It makes the hours fly by and the days run smoothly. After all, you don’t get paid this much to clock watch.
10. You Continue to Learn
Recruitment allows you to continue to develop in the role. Many agencies offer top-notch training programmes but that’s not all. If you’re assigned to recruit for a specific sector, it pays to scrub up on your knowledge of that field. You can find yourself leaving university with a history degree but becoming an expert in cyber security or mechanical engineering. There aren’t many other industries which offer this level of exposure to new fields of interest.
9. Treat Yo Self!
You’ve gone from eating baked beans straight out the can to dining at Michelin Star restaurants. You’re hugely successful and you’re making far more money than you could ever imagine. Treat yo self! Working in recruitment allows you to indulge in the finer luxuries without worrying about when the credit card bill is due.
One of the biggest draws of recruitment is the autonomy of the job. You are master of your own destiny. Success or failure, it’s your choice. As a recruiter, you work with true independence. If you work best with a particular structure (or lack of), it’s your call. As long as you’re billing, management will leave you to it.
7. It’s a Tough Nut to Crack
For many people this can be a turn-off. For those who are successful in the job, it’s a huge draw. This isn’t an easy line of work. It takes a lot to really command it. If you’re the type of person who loves a challenge, you’ll love recruitment.
6. Career Progression
We can’t think of another job where career progression is so achievable. Targets are laid before you each time you step up but they are never out of reach. If you want to take that step forward, all you need to do is work for it.
5. The Friends You Make
The friends you make in recruitment will stay with you for life. It’s a job with such tough lows – the people you share these with will remain special to you. They will be there through the rejections and they will be there to celebrate the wins. This is an industry which forges genuine and true friendships.
4. The Social Life
We love to party and we live by a work-hard, play-hard mantra. This means, we understand how tough it can get, so we make the time away from your desk as memorable as we possibly can.
Anyone fancy a beer after work?
3. The Perks
We implore you to find an industry which rewards its workers with perks as elaborate as those found in recruitment. The job isn’t easy, so we do the best we can to make those wins as memorable as possible. Trip to Vegas? Michelin Star dining? Boozy lunches? Racing at Ascot? Sipping champagne at the Henley Regatta? Partying in Ibiza? It’s not the lifestyle of a film star, it’s that of a hard-working recruiter.
2. Free Alcohol
Must we say anymore?
1. The Money
This is quite possibly the biggest draw of the job. The money you can earn as a successful recruiter is eye-watering. In the right agency, you should be earning a third of what you bill in commission. This means a six-figure salary is within reach! In what other job can you earn £100k after three years? Money isn’t everything but it sure does help!
Are you itching to get into recruitment? We can help. We have a vast number of high quality graduate opportunities waiting for the best candidates. If you’ve got what it takes to make an impact on the recruitment industry, we want to hear it. Have a browse of our job board to get a feel for our latest vacancies.